Handles for Chisels with Tang
Here is how I make handles for tanged chisels.
First, rough out the handle and turn the
spigots for the rings. I measure the fits with a dial caliper so I
know they will fit. But I also use a little CA glue just to be
Shape the handle as you want it to be.
Cut very shallow lines and burn them with a
piece of guitar string while the wood is spinning. These grooves are
purely decorative, and you can put on as many as you like. I round
over the sharp edges of the brass rings now and sand then smooth.
I buff my handles with Tripoli compound on a
buffing wheel. This removes any fine scratches from the sanding
process and leaves a waxed finish. It also brings out the beauty of
the grain. I donít like any other kind of finish on my chisel
handles. The wax is quick and easy to repair later on.
The Schlagring (as the striking ring is called)
on the big end of the chisel will come off under repeated poundings.
To prevent this I drill through the ring and handle and then insert
a piece of brass rod. I make the brass rod about 1/16Ē longer than
the OD of the ring so I can rivet it with a small hammer.
After the pin is filed smooth and buffed it is
barely noticeable. But this ring will never come off.